Sebright Arms

Bars and pubs Bethnal Green
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A back-passage boozer just off Hackney Road with a dishevelled aesthetic and live music leanings, the Sebright Arms has a faithful army of drinkers, mostly in their mid-twenties. The pub champions local craft beers – look for anything from Hackney Brewery, London Fields or Redchurch on rotation on tap – as well as showcasing fast food pop-ups. Indeed, a long-running residency from Lucky Chip put the tongue-in-cheek burger vendors firmly on the foodie map.

Live music is the Sebright’s biggest draw though, with gigs on almost every night in the louche basement. Sound-proofing may be a bit of an issue but it’s only good vibrations that set kitsch lampshades wobbling charmingly in the ground-floor bar. And despite their studiously cool appearance, fresh-faced staff in American Apparel gear seem to be having just as much fun as the gig-goers, which is just fine in our book.

Venue name: Sebright Arms
Contact:
Address: 31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Wed; 5pm-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 6-10pm Mon-Wed; 6-11pm Thur-Sat; 1-9pm Sun
Transport: Cambridge Heath Overground
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tastemaker

The Sebright Arms is tucked away on quiet side road in Hackney. I bagged myself some free tickets to a gig here and as my phone told me my destination had been reached, I nearly panicked that I had put in the wrong address! Thankfully it was Sebright Arms just a little further down and I walked into the most chilled out bar area. This was helped by the fact the chairs are all random shapes and sizes, and you can order pretty good burgers (with a gluten free bun option!!) and even tastier triple cooked chips alongside your beer. Downstairs they have the venue, which is perfect for small intimate gigs, like they one I went to. They have had some really good bands play in the past so it's definitely worth frequently checking the line up, I will be.

The Man on the Street

Now this really is my sort of pub. Big old-fashioned boozer upstairs ( full of Poles watching Euro 2016 on my visit ) and a dark sweaty live music room downstairs . I had ventured East for an EP launch by the wildly talented singer / songwriter Harry Pane ( seen smiling below ) He was supported by Abi Hudson and Mark Sullivan. I got the tickets free through The Time Out Card . Even if I had paid the £5 entry charge this would have gone down as a great value night out. Three awesome live sets , too many beers and another top London pub to add to my favourites list. 

Kevin W
tastemaker

Discovered this pub from attending a mid-week gig. Friendly staff, quick service, and great selection of beers. Even spotted gluten-free beer on the drinks list, but I will let a more adventurous reviewer try that out. Plenty of seating, and relaxed atmosphere on a Wednesday night - even with the Euros playing on the projector.


Excellent pub for your local, and a bonus for those catching an intimate gig in the basement. Recommend going early before a gig to grab some food.

(Alice Jemima pictured)

Stevie K

Best burgers, tastiest beer, prettiest staff, thumping music venue, romantic candlelight also available.

Jaclyn
Staff Writer

When you combine a great beer selection and good music, it’s unlikely you’ll go far wrong.

I love the downstairs basement area with its almost floor-level stage, uncomplicated approach to sound and lighting, and generally friendly fellow giggers.

I’ve not eaten here before so can’t comment on the food, but I’m always impressed at the wide range of local and international beers on tap, and the vast selection of bottles in the fridge. The outside alleyway beer garden is fun in Summer, while the basement is a warm refuge on cold, Wintery nights.

Would I travel to the Sebright Arms purely for a beer and a pint? Probably not. But as a gig venue, it gets the thumbs up from me!

Rose

I've enjoyed going to this pub several times, it escapes some (not all though) of the hipsters that can be found in droves up broadway market. It's got a great selection of ales and local brews and a vibrant atmosphere. On occasions i've found the music overbearing, especially when the upstairs music is competing with the gig going on downstairs. I have, of course samples the burgers and they are good but i did get several very small bits of bone in my most recent feed which has put me off somewhat. Loving the breaking bad themed menu!

Jules

Great local pub with lots going on, and the burgers were delicious however you need to sort out your staff Sebright! Unhelpful, unsmiling and abrupt, and on two occasions the bar staff were too busy on their phones to notice the queue of customers at the bar. The only staff member who smiled and made conversation was the friendly doorman. Judging by other reviews I am not the first to say this. Teach your staff the basic waitressing/bartendering skills and your reviews would be 5*.

Megan

I really want to love the Seabright. It has potential, there are no TV's or gambling machines and it has a great space with ample seating and good staff. For a local, it's good for drinks. But it's let me and my friends down on 3 of the 4 times we've been since mid-Jan. The kitchen has been shut on a weekend at 7pm, or the place so rammed midweek at 8pm that you can't place an order for 20mins, with another 40mins wait after to get food...burgers. Shouldn't be this way - previous menu and service was stellar. Now it feels confused, and with no late licence and lockouts from 11pm you have to question if it's worth the trip. So much potential but falling flat.

Annabelle

LOVE this pub. Keep catching bands or comedy that I'd never normally get to see. The burgers are amazing- only a 2 month residency?? Noooo!